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Ethical and Legal Issues


Provided by ESRC DTP

Introduction to ethical issues in the arts and humanities
Intellectual Property Rights
General Data Protection Rights (GDPR)

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Provided by Research Development Office

Introduction to research integrity at Cambridge

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Provided by the University of Cambridge

Please consult the ESRC newsletter and also your department for wider University courses that may be available.

Internal Courses

UK Research Integrity Office Research Integrity Workshop

Good practice in research: Authorship - usually available in Michaelmas dates TBA

Research Ethics and Good Research Practice

Online research ethics training is available through Moodle. This includes:

  • Ethics 1: Good Research Practice
  • Ethics 2: Working with Human Subjects

Data Protection

The Office of Personal and Professional Development provides an online data protection training course.


External Courses

Health Research Authority Training Days

The Health Research Authority provides a comprehensive programme of training days many of which are open to researchers. These courses are primarily concerned with clinical research ethics and cover issues including: applying for ethical approval from an NHS REC; the Human Tissue Act; and research involving vulnerable groups. For details see the Human Research Authority website.

MRC Regulatory Support Centre

The MRC provides three e-learning courses as part of their Regulatory Support Centre. These courses address:

  • Research Data and Confidentiality
  • Research and Human Tissue Legislation
  • Making an application using the Integrated Research Applications System (IRAS)

US online ethics training

Online training is provided by several US-based institutions. These are designed for the US research environment and are best suited to researchers funded by US funders or carrying out research in US institutions.

Academy of Management

The Academy of Management has produced an eight part series of films addressing key ethical issues in academic research and publishing including authorship and plaigarism.

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